Jeff Zucker Moving Erin Burnett To Host New CNN Morning Show With Chris Cuomo

The chess pieces are certainly in play at CNN today. Managing editor Mark Whitaker is out, 20/20’s Chris Cuomo has been poached from ABC and now sources are telling Deadline that new CNN boss Jeff Zucker is about to move Erin Burnett from primetime to a new morning show. Insiders say that the morning show slot is where former Today Show executive producer Zucker wants to start making his mark at the network. Burnett would co-host in the AM with Cuomo, who’s role in the as yet-untitled morning show was announced with his hiring by CNN this morning. No word yet as to who will take over Burnett’s 7 PM OutFront show, which has been struggling in the ratings like most of CNN’s primetime. Burnett joined CNN in April 2011 from CNBC. Her primetime show debuted in October 2011.

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Comments (34)

  • Going to miss Soledad O’ Brien. Erin is okay, but she’s not Ms. Warm and fuzzy who you want to wake up to.

    Comment by Rome — Tuesday January 29, 2013 @ 10:17am PST  
    • And Soledad is “warm and fuzzy”???? Seriously????
      I guess if you like lying on thorns….

      Comment by Hank — Tuesday January 29, 2013 @ 1:36pm PST  
    • Your so wrong. Soledad, while great, is not warm and fuzzy. Erin is quite accessible…even though it took me some time to get used to her style, she’s kinda great.

      Comment by loveERIN. — Wednesday January 30, 2013 @ 10:57am PST  
  • this needed to happen a long time ago. The poor girl was way out of her depth.

    Comment by Jose — Tuesday January 29, 2013 @ 10:28am PST  
  • Not a bad idea… Erin likes tabloid news coverage and Zucker is a master at it (as is his former employer at NBC)so that’s a fit.

    Comment by AC — Tuesday January 29, 2013 @ 10:28am PST  
  • I think this is a really smart idea. Erin will be a good fit for the morning. These are some shrewd moves Zucker is making, and it is fun to try and keep up. But yes, please, for the love of all that is good in the world, FIRE PIERS MORGAN!

    Comment by joshreader — Tuesday January 29, 2013 @ 11:00am PST  
  • Are we still going to get more “Race, Race, Racism and Race: Why White People Ruined Everything and You’re a Big Racist” specials from Soledad O’ Brien?

    Comment by Sorry — Tuesday January 29, 2013 @ 11:34am PST  
    • After reading your comment I’d say there are more racists out there for her to talk about.

      Comment by ger — Tuesday January 29, 2013 @ 11:54am PST  
      • Agreed.

        Comment by Jason — Tuesday January 29, 2013 @ 2:32pm PST  
      • being a latin myself, it is kinda getting old these specials she does on black america, etc. who cares. it’s 2013.

        Comment by dearGER — Wednesday January 30, 2013 @ 10:59am PST  
    • I wrote to CNN once and demanded equal time with a special called “Being White in America. As you probably know, it never happened, but Soledad produced a sequel to “Being Black in America.”

      Comment by Karen — Wednesday April 10, 2013 @ 11:46am PDT  
  • Bold moves indeed. This is exciting. Agree on replacing Morgan…His brand could not possibly be much worse, could it? While they’re at it they could try fixing the website, with it’s 3rd grade writing and absurd sections (Sunday’s ‘Belief,’ etc).

    Comment by getting_interesting — Tuesday January 29, 2013 @ 11:38am PST  
  • As a 32 year old female professional, I love love Erin, what a fabulous role model for young women. I guess I’m in the minority of disappointment with this, her stories will now inevitably be dumbed down to compete with the other fluff morning shows.

    Comment by Heather — Tuesday January 29, 2013 @ 12:45pm PST  
    • You’re not alone. She is talented.


      Comment by Frederick Charles — Thursday February 21, 2013 @ 5:21am PST  
  • Soledad is the total package. She brings intelligence, warmth, authority, and personality to the anchor chair. I like Erin Burnett but I hate to see Soledad kicked to the curb. It’s an unfortunate mindset that seemed to be prevalent at NBC which is small-minded in 2013. That formula has expired. I had hoped for a fresher approach.

    Let’s not pigeonhole Soledad to “In America”. She has much more to offer.

    Comment by Tracy — Tuesday January 29, 2013 @ 1:34pm PST  
  • Good move CNN. Soledad is awfully strident and not a good interviewer. Cuomo and Burnett will make a good solid team. I second the comment above to please, please, please fire Piers Morgan and put in someone like a Charlie Rose in that slot.

    Comment by Sonja — Tuesday January 29, 2013 @ 2:43pm PST  
  • I like Erin. She has a great personality and is a great interviewer. The Erin and Chris combo may work.

    Comment by lac — Tuesday January 29, 2013 @ 5:07pm PST  
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